Becoming adult – the song

Originally posted on Becoming adult:
Three years of conversations, encounters, laughs and sharing in many different places, ignoring borders every time it was possible to do so. The photos, words, and short clips that make this video all came together through the musical magic of the Piccola Orchestra di Tor Pignattara and the video editing…

Explainer: Cameron’s u-turn on refugee children

Nando Sigona offers his views on Cameron’s u-turn on refugee children from within the EU on BBC News. In brief, Nando argues that it is a welcome development, particularly because it is the first time in the current refugee crisis the UK government is accepting refugees already in the EU. However, the details of the…

Lost in the world: former unaccompanied minors in orbit

Young people seeking safety and security are subjected to the vagaries of all kinds of ‘solutions at various national borders’. Sometimes they are taken in and sometimes they are turned away. Sometimes, as Nando Sigona and Elaine Chase (UCL) write in The Conversation, they are offered help but then deported as soon as they become…

Why are unaccompanied migrant children disappearing in the thousands?

Until the EU recognises the specific needs of child migrants and makes it a priority to swiftly reunite them with family members, Nando Sigona and Jenny Allsopp argue in an op-ed published in OpenDemocracy, many will likely continue to abscond from the reception system. The ‘disappearance’ of 10,000 migrant children after arriving in the EU…

Denmark migration law: a sign of things to come?

Originally posted on Postcards from …:
Al Jazeera’s Inside Story (27 Jan) on Denmark adopting law on seizure of asylum seeker assets. Guests: Ramazan Salman – Director of the support group ‘Migrants for Migrants’, Irene Zugasti – Co-author of the report ‘Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis’, and me.

The refugee crisis and the UK’s PR politics

by Nando Sigona The refugee crisis is now – in Budapest, Kos, Lesvos, Calais, Pozzallo, Zuwarah, but the UK government pledges to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years (i.e. 4000 a year). Are Cameron & co. expecting the civil war to last that long or are they playing a game of cynical math wizardry? What…

Refugia: the limits and possibilities of Buzi’s Refugee Nation

By Robin Cohen, emeritus professor of development studies and former director of the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford Jason Buzi, an Israeli-born entrepreneur living in the USA, has proposed that a ‘Refugee Nation’ should be created to solve the world’s refugee problem. Let us call this country ‘Refugia’. His solution has generated a mixed…